George Washington, the first President of the United States,was born on February 22, 1732. He is best known as the first President of the United States*, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States**.
Washington’s birthday is a United States Federal Holiday*** that is celebrated in the third Monday of February. The day was changed to President’s Day because both Washington and Abraham Lincoln were born in the month of February.
The federal holiday was originally enacted as a federal holiday by Congress in 1879 for government offices in the District of Columbia. In 1885 it was expanded to include all federal offices. In 1971, the day was shifted uniformly to the third Monday of the month.
During the Civics and Naturalization Test, a candidate for citizenship would be asked the following questions about the office of the President:
15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
26. We elect a President for how many years?
27. In what month do we vote for President?
28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
- Barack Obama
29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
- Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
- Joe Biden
30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
the Vice President
31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
the Speaker of the House
32. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
33. Who signs bills to become laws?
34. Who vetoes bills?
35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?
Advises the President
36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Defense
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Homeland Security
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of State
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day